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Chlorophytum comosum 'Variegatum', photo courtesy of Mark Turner
Chlorophytum comosum 'Variegatum', photo courtesy of Mark Turner

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Zones 15-17, 19-24, H1, H2
Partial Sun
Regular Water

Chlorophytum comosum

Spider Plant


South African evergreen forms 1–3-ft.-high clumps of soft, curving leaves like long, broad grass blades with small white flowers in long clusters. Both –Variegatum– and –Vittatum– have white-striped leaves. Flowers are about 1/2 in. long, growing in loose, leafy-tipped spikes held above foliage. Greatest attraction: miniature duplicates of mother plant, complete with root, at ends of curved stems (as with offsets of strawberry plants). These can be cut off and potted individually.

Spider plant is a good choice for hanging baskets. To use as groundcover, set 2 ft. apart in diamond pattern; plants will filli n the same year. Often sold as–C. capense.

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